Great Britain's chances of survival in Group G took a hit at the Olah Gabor Sports Hall in Debrecen Wednesday afternoon, as they lost their third consecutive game, falling to a relentless Portugal side, 66-39.
The game started brightly for the Standard Life GB U20 women as they recorded their first lead of the tournament, going up 8-2 on an Erin McGarrachan (11 points and eight rebounds) lay-up only minutes into the first quarter. But Portugal responded well by going on a 9-0 run and eventually finishing the first quarter up 18-14.
A 5:23 scoreless GB run in the second quarter signalled what was to come for Great Britain as they struggled to find the basket during the second period, scoring only six points and heading in at half-time, 33-20 down.
There was no respite for Great Britain after the break either as they endured more dry spells offensively, recording a total of 19 points in the second half and eventually succumbing to Portugal, 66-39.
It has been a difficult tournament for Great Britain with fortune not favouring them and injuries and illness having a noticeable impact on Coach Griffioen's side. With Italy sitting pretty at the top of Group G with three wins, Great Britain must now win all of their remaining games in the group and hope for some luck with other results if they are to remain in Division A.
Standard Life Great Britain's next game is against Latvia and will take place at the Olah Gabor Sports Hall on Friday 24th August with tip-off at 12:45pm (UK time).
The Standard Life GB women's side played their first games together this year against Belarus on 12 and 13 May and new coach, Damian Jennings, is pleased with the progression of the team after the first few days of camp.
Standard Life GB men's and women's basketball squad captains Drew Sullivan and Julie Page are back in London this weekend to promote the legacy aspects of the BBL Foundations work through Proj3kt 3on3.